I’ve often wondered how hard it must be for those 7-foot basketball players or 300-pound linemen on the football team — spending hours a day in workouts of puke-inducing intensity levels — to get enough to eat.
I mean, I feel like I eat a lot, and by comparison to college athletes I might as well be sedentary.
Kansas University Athletics recently announced a mobile app to make it easier for KU athletes to make good eating choices. KU Athletics’ sports nutrition unit partnered with a company called MobileSmith to create the app, called Jayhawk Fuel.
The app features recipes from the “Jayhawk Fuel High Performance Cookbook,” a list of “better and best options” at local restaurants, sports nutrition staff bios, team nutrition guides, a consultation request form for student-athletes, helpful links and a weekly training table menu for Mrs. E's cafeteria, according to a recent KU Athletics announcement.
It also includes helpful tips from the Jayhawk Fuel Twitter (@JayhawkFuel) and Facebook (facebook.com/jayhawkfuel) feeds. The app is available for iOS via the App Store and for Android via Google Play.
Writing this, coincidentally on the day after Thanksgiving, makes me feel like eating better myself. Plus if you didn't know, I used to be the Journal-World's food reporter, so I'm all about recipes.
Ingredients for this one, shared on the Jayhawk Fuel Facebook page, are going on my grocery list this weekend (plus, I'm thinking, fresh cilantro and tortillas for serving). The recipe doesn't specify how many servings it makes — but that would depend on if you're me or a 300-pound lineman. Plan accordingly.
SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE CHICKEN
Plan ahead with this easy slow cooker recipe and be transported to a delicious, tropical paradise when you get home from a busy day at school or work.
• slow cooker
• cutting board
• 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 1 (12 ounce) jar of your favorite salsa
• 4 small raw zucchini, halved, quartered, then sliced (shredding works, too)
• ¼ medium fresh pineapple, chopped
Turn on slow cooker to the low setting and put in the chicken and salsa. Mix in your raw zucchini. Cook for about 4 to 6 hours. Slow cookers vary, so base the time on that. The chicken should fall apart easily when finished. Shred the chicken using two forks and mix in the fresh pineapple.
(Recipe from Jayhawk Fuel - Kansas Sports Nutrition)
Welcome back from Thanksgiving break, Heard on the Hill readers. May this entry serve as either inspiration or distraction as you try to grind your work gears back into motion.
Mrs. E's, the Daisy Hill dining hall at KU known formally as Ekdahl Dining Commons, will undergo a renovation during summer 2013 at a cost of just under $3 million. Included in that overhaul will be the introduction of kosher food, the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle reported last week.
Options for kosher eating on campus right now include a stand at the Kansas Union, introduced this semester, and a stand at Allen Fieldhouse that opened last year, the story says.
Also planned for Mrs. E's is the addition of foods that follow Islamic halal dietary guidelines and more gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options, the Jewish Chronicle reports. Leaders from KU Chabad and the Muslim Student Association are helping KU Dining Services plan the new options.
Another possible addition at Mrs. E's, according to our report from this past summer: a barbecue smoker. The dining hall across campus at Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall also underwent renovations (along with the rest of the building) before reopening this fall.
A few Thanksgiving-week links for those of you who were occupied with pre-break deadlines, family, turkey, football or whatever:
• KU researchers will use $5.75 million in grants to try to help reunite parents and children affected by substance abuse in Oklahoma and Iowa.
• Political experts will come to the Dole Institute next week to dissect this month's election.
• A treatment breakthrough for a gruesome kidney disease is very much thanks to decades of work by KU Medical Center researchers.
• And a new media center at the Union is now available to help students tell stories.
Please keep those tips coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.